Swimming Pool Construction Process
On average, our swimming pool construction process takes as little as 4-6 weeks letting you enjoy your swimming pool quicker and worry free. We accomplish this by ensuring that each phase of your pool’s construction keeps moving forward as smoothly as possible. We work diligently to minimize intrusions to our customers’ property and their schedule. The Following is a general phase by phase outline of pool construction:
- Plumbing and equipment set
- Reinforcing Steel
- Masonry & Rock
- Clean-up and Final Inspection
- Start-up and Orientation
Wow, that is a lot pf phases to keep track of, who can I call if I have questions?
At Mirage Pools we believe that communication is extremely important to customer satisfaction, especially during the various phases of swimming pool construction. You will be assigned your own personal project manager who will let you know exactly what is happening at all times. Plus, you can call them at any time with questions or to meet you on-site.
STEP ONE: LAYOUT
Before any works starts, we paint the shape of your pool on the ground as a guide for the excavators. You approve the pool’s outline and position prior to scheduling the dig. Any alterations to the placement of the pool or spa in your yard are best handled at this point, before we break ground with excavation.
STEP TWO: EXCAVATION
This is when we bring the big equipment in. During the excavation we will use highly experienced excavators to dig your project and place forming material around your pool or spa. Using the equipment and experienced crews allows us to work as expediently as possible. The excavation process usually takes one to two days. Removal of the dirt will be done the same day.
STEP THREE: PLUMBING AND EQUIPMENT SET
Plumbing is one of the most important steps in building your swimming pool. Depending on the specifics of your pool, you can have over 200 feet of plumbing underneath your swimming pool! Not only do our plumbers follow engineered plumbing schematics but all our plumbing is pressure tested to ensure all aspects of your hydraulics are safe guarded for years of trouble-free enjoyment with minimal maintenance.
STEP FOUR: REINFORCING STEEL
All swimming pools are different, that’s why we have each swimming pool specifically structurally engineered for its own size, features, and soil conditions. Closely adhering to these plans a steel grid will be formed and suspended 2-3” off the wall and floor of your pool. When the concrete is shot around the steel network greatly increases the durability and strength of the shell of your pool.
STEP FIVE: ELECTRIC
Electric wiring and all grounding will meet or exceed National Electric Code standards. Ground fault interrupter devices will be installed for protection against electric fault. If your homes electrical service cannot handle more circuit breakers for your pool equipment you may need a sub panel. In most cases trenching will be required so it’s important that you mark or expose any sprinkler or drip lines.
STEP SIX: SHOTCRETE
This is where you will first be able to see your pool actually taking shape! Our pneumatically placed (shot in place with air pressure) shell is a minimum thickness of 6 inches. In coves, benches, and steps it is as much as 12” thick. Our bond beam and other structural load areas will have a minimum thickness of 12 inches.
This is where we are going to put you to work. After they’re done, you will need to start the water curing process. This is as simple as taking your garden hose to the pool and giving the shell a good spraying 2 or 3 times a day in the winter and 4 times or more in the hot summer months. Spraying water is important to the curing process which generally takes 4 to 7 days. During this time if you happen to see small cracks in the swimming pool, don’t worry. These are due to the concrete shrinkage and will not affect the integrity of the swimming pool. In fact your Mirage Pool shell is warranted for life should the shell ever develop a crack that leaks water.
STEP SEVEN: MASONRY & ROCK
It is at this phase of swimming pool construction we will start on things like Barbeques, waterfalls, rockwork, stone work, fire pits, gazebos, artificial features, etc.
As you watch our rock installers you might understand why we like to call them boulder artists rather than construction workers. Most natural waterfalls and boulder work can be completed in a day or two but other more involved masonry work can take a bit longer. This work will need to be completed prior to the deck being poured, gas lines being installed, and any landscape lighting or irrigation lines. If you decide to add any additional decking to your project this would be the time to contact your project manager.
STEP EIGHT: DECKING
Aside from the swimming pool, your deck is the second most visible part of your project. With options including; travertine pavers, brick, stone, acrylic deck, kool deck, stained concrete the options are endless. Depending on your personal choice we will be pouring concrete, leveling pavers, or setting stone. We can even carry your material choice on to your existing patio to create a seamless transition.
STEP NINE: TILE
During this phase the tile you selected will be installed at the waterline around the pool and any raised areas. If you have chosen any tile mosaics or step/marker tile they may or may not be installed at this time depending on the specifics of your pool’s upcoming construction steps.
STEP TEN: CLEAN-UP AND FINAL INSPECTION
At this time all the trenches will be filled in, all rubble will be removed from the pool, pipes will be cut, and all trash and construction debris will be removed. You may also be having a wall or gate put back up. This is all done in final preparation for your project’s interior finish.
NOTE: This is also the time for final barrier inspection from your city building department. Mirage Pools will work with you so you are aware of your particular city requirements. This could include automatic sliding or closing doors, gates, window locks, enclosures, etc.
STEP ELEVEN: INTERIOR FINISH
Appling the interior finish is the last major phase of construction. Depending on style and budget there are many options to choose from. Plaster, Ultra Poz, Pebble Tec, Pebble Sheen, or Beadcrete are just a few examples. Most finishes are applied in the same way in which the material is blown onto the gunite and requires a quick, experienced and hard working crew to hand-smooth the surface to assure a beautiful finish.
STEP TWELVE: START-UP AND ORIENTATION
When your custom swimming pool construction is complete and filled to the proper level, your water will be balanced we will complete the initial mechanical start-up and a thorough evaluation of your systems to ensure that everything is operating properly.
You will be contacted by one of our service technicians to schedule the instructional orientation on your new custom swimming pool. There may be a lot to learn so we encourage the use or notepads, cameras, tape recorders, video, or anything else you might think. But don’t worry, if you happen to not catch something just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you out.
At this time your equipment is running, your water is balanced, and I’m sure the kids are getting restless so jump in and enjoy!